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The Super-Bomb

  • Andrew May
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Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Abstract

In which scientists discover huge amounts of energy locked up inside the atom, but insist it could never be liberated on a significant scale. Science fiction authors, on the other hand, became fascinated with the idea of atomic power and its potential to create awesome new super-weapons. Eventually the rest of the world caught up, and science fiction became science fact when the atom bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But instead of ushering in a new age of devastatingly destructive warfare, the sheer power of nuclear weapons led to an uneasy kind of peace—the Cold War—and even that had been prophetically anticipated by authors like George Orwell and Arthur C. Clarke.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew May
    • 1
  1. 1.CrewkerneUK

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